Nurseries and playgroups

What do nurseries and playgroups offer?

Nurseries and playgroups are for children under five years old to play, learn and have fun in groups, while their parents work, study or are busy elsewhere.

Nurseries provide full-time childcare for children aged 0 to 5. Part-time care may be available. Nurseries are popular with parents who work or study. Costs vary, and places will be available under free childcare for 2-4 years.

Playgroups provide part-time childcare for children aged 2-5. Children spend 2 ½ to 3 hours there in the morning or afternoon during term-time. Costs are low, and most places will be funded under free childcare for 2-4 years. Playgroups are popular with parents who are home during the day.

School nursery classes in primary schools provide free part-time education for children aged 3-4 (sometimes starting at 2), with teachers, usually for five mornings or five afternoons per week. Places are term time only.

  • Download a list of nurseries and playgroups in Hackney with tips on how to choose one. Please note that the settings shown in this guide are those who have reopened since the Covid-19 lockdown and are now taking childcare applications. This list will be updated regularly to include any additional settings as they become available. Please contact the settings directly for more information.

Children's centre charges

The amount you need to pay for nursery provision at a children's centre depends on your child's age and your income.


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This page was last modified on: 16 Jun 2020